News from MSU Media Relations--Dec. 14

The latest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...Women's Basketball.

Women's Basketball
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Riding a 2-game winning streak, the Mississippi State women's basketball team will travel to Hattiesburg, Miss., to face Southern Miss on Wednesday. Tip time at the Reed Green Coliseum is set for 7 p.m.

The Lady Bulldogs (5-2), are coming off a 61-52 victory over Utah this past Saturday. Against the Utes, junior guard Diamber Johnson scored a career-high 24 points while Porsha Porter had a career-best 15 as MSU improved to 4-1 at home this year.

Mississippi State continues to pace the Southeastern Conference in scoring defense, allowing its opponents to score just 52.9 points a game. State ranks 12th nationally and tops the league in field goal percentage defense, holding teams to just 33 percent shooting.

MSU is scoring 63.9 points a game led by Johnson, who has averaged 14.3 points a game in the first seven games, fifth best in the Southeastern Conference. Junior Ashley Brown paces MSU on the boards, pulling down 11 rebounds a contest which ranks fourth in the league.

Southern Miss enters Wednesday's game with a 5-3 record after consecutive wins over Arkansas-Little Rock and Tennessee State. The Golden Eagles are led in scoring by junior forward Rachel Vigers, who is averaging 16.5 points a game. Senior Tanesha Washington is adding 14.9 points a game. Head coach Joye Lee-McNelis is in her seventh year with the program.

Mississippi State and Southern Miss have met 36 times dating back to 1976. Mississippi State has won the last two meeting including an 85-52 victory last season in Starkville.

Following Wednesday's game, the Lady Bulldogs will travel to Cincinnati, Ohio to face Xavier on Friday.


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